As per reports, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is set to commence the large scale late-stage trial of its potential coronavirus vaccine next month. The trial is looking forward to enrolling up to 60,000 healthy people randomly selected from the age of 18 years and above across 180 locations in the U.S. and other countries. Participants to receive a dose of the potential vaccine or a placebo, determining the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine, which will further be followed by researchers for more than two years.
J&J’s trial is expected to be the largest coronavirus vaccine testing to date, companies like Moderna and Pfizer conducting late-stage trials for their potential vaccines last month are expected to enroll 30,000 participants. J&J informed that it will use the same technology that was used for its experimental Ebola vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine is combined using genetic material from the coronavirus with a modified adenovirus (known to cause common colds in humans).
“Our Phase 3 program is intended to be as robust as possible, could include up to 60,000 participants and will be conducted in places with high incidence rates. We are using epidemiology and modeling data to predict and plan where our studies should take place and expect that to be finalized soon.” stated J&J spokesman Jake Sargent to CNBC.
Reportedly, there are more than 160 vaccines under development globally, out of which at least 30 are already in clinical trials, as per the World Health Organization. J&J to produce 600 million to 900 million doses by April if the vaccine is a success.
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